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The Wrath of Lords

By: Kyle Alexander Romines
Narrated by: Matt Addis
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The job sounded simple enough. Rid the village of an ogre and rescue the girl. In return, the local lord would overlook that ugly business in the church. It was nothing he hadn’t dealt with before.  

That was before he heard the howls coming from the Bog of Móin Alúin. Before he crossed paths with the headless rider. Before he woke to find the witch’s crooked fingers on his face.  

Now, Berengar must unravel the labyrinth of secrets and lies surrounding the village before a deadly curse claims his life, all while a darker evil looms in the shadows....

©2019 Kyle Alexander Romines (P)2019 Kyle Alexander Romines

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Engrossing.

The cover of this book is what caught my eye initially, and then the synopsis just made me want to read it more, but it was the fact that this is set in Ireland that made me really eager to read it. I'm Irish, so I love finding a fantasy book set here!! I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. I was totally engrossed the whole way through and didn't want it to end.

We start with a brief history lesson about the Kings and Queens of Ireland and how Queen Nora became the High Queen presiding over the rest. We are then introduced to one of Queen Noras' Warden, Berengar. Known as the Warden or the Bloody Red Bear, he is feared, hated and respected where ever his job takes him. His word is law and he is sent by the queen to be her enforcer. On one such hunt for the leader of The Black Hand, a band of killers, something happens that causes him to become beholden to the Lord of Kildare, and the only way to get his freedom is to kill the ogre that took the Lords' niece. Berengar has no trouble with that but his journey isn't as simple as he thinks and there is more going on than meets the eyes.

The plot of this was richly detailed and complex. What starts out as a simple task for Berengar, turns into a mystery that needs to be unraveled before Berengar loses everything. There is twists and turns throughout and I had such a hard time putting the book down because there wasn't a moment where the action lets up. Berengar has problem after problem to solve and I needed to see what happened each time. Between Ogres, Goblins, Witches, headless horseman, werewolves and other humans, it was brilliantly written and executed. I honestly devoured it!!

The world building and character development was amazing. Ireland is a beautiful country rich in folklore and the author utilised that. The descriptive writing made it easy to picture the places, plus it helped that I recognised nearly all of them ;) The Bog of Móin Alúin was creepy, and the village and surrounding area was well described. I could picture everything. Each of the characters were well written and developed too. I loved Berengar and his dog (not going to try to spell his name because I couldn't). Berengar goes through the most changes and I can't wait to see what else is in store for him.

In all, this was a welcome surprise. I've never read this authors work before but I will definitely try some of his other ones now! This is going on my favourites list and I can't wait to read the next one.

I'm seriously impressed with the narrator Matt Addis! It's my first time listening to a book narrated by him and wow is all I could think of. He gave a brilliant performance and really brought the book to life. He had an impressive array of voices and gave each character their own one. I had no trouble figuring out who was who. He also impressed me with his Irish accent!!! I will also have to check out more books performed by him.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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In this audio book, most of the characters in this story are well developed and distinct. The notable exception, unfortunately, is the main character, Berengar. In fairness, he is a complex character with some unique traits All in all, it's an entertaining book

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What a fun read!

What a fun book to listen to! with the video game style storyline where you are given big quest and have to complete a bunch of little quest along the way and then there was the Headless Horseman and a werewolf lol who would have thought it! but I did like it! ** I was given this book for free in exchange for my unbiased opinion**

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Well Done and Fun

Although this book is a bit on the short side, that doesn't keep it from being good. We see in Beranger a character with much more depth than you might expect at the start of the book. Sure he's a bit daft when it comes to figuring out some really basic plot points, but nobody's perfect. :) The book kept me captivated to the end.

Narration by Matt Addis was great, with his voice a good fit for the story and main character. Pacing was good for a comfortable read. Looking forward to following the rest of this series.

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Irish folklore in the best possible way

I received a copy of this book for free at my request in exchange for an honest review.

This book was so good. Firstly this book is deeply rooted in Irish mythology, Various Fey creatures and hags hounds and werewolves all make appearances in this story. This is close to a more traditional ballad version of the legend of sleepyhollow, if the constable where more like Beowolf and less like Ichabod.

Our main character Warden Berenger is tough as nails and takes repeated setbacks in stride. This is very much the tale of a nearly unbreakable man getting nearly broken over and over, while incidentally putting together the pieces of a mystery, though the "answer" is moderately predictable that doesn't seem to be the point of the story.

Berenger is a likable jerk who is trying to do what is right but sometimes gets a bit caught up in the big picture and misses the local consequences of his actions.

The cast was well designed and all the parts were played beautifully, the narrator is fantastic he gets a deep baritone brogue, he pronounces the Gaelic terms very well. He has a powerful voice that would fit well in Shakespearean monologues.

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Solid Start to a Great Series

The way the story was laid out reminded me of a bit of the TV show Incredible Hulk. I felt like the main character was on a walking quest and while on that journey was picking up side jobs. I think it started out a little slow but picked up speed as it progressed and got me sucked in to the point I listened to the last half more than once. While the main focus was the over arching story, I felt there were a lot a little stories nestled within that. It really made for a story that seemed richer than the actual overall arching story. Part of me thought that this wasn’t really a fantasy story, but more of an adventure action style and that worked really well with me.

Berengar is a really interesting character. The level of growth with his character was great and I look forward to seeing to where he goes. I didn’t really like him as the protagonist at first, but he grew on me as the story continued. The building of the world Berengar is in is great. This is definitely a setup of an environment that will set the stage for the following stories. All the little fantasy side stories that were added made the overall story that much more.

I really liked the location of the story and appreciated the narrator’s accent. He did a really good job with the character’s voices and you can hear the enthusiasm he put into his narration. I look forward to hearing him narrate the rest of the series.

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WOW

can I just say wow no really this book can't be any more perfect than it was just such a good good good story it was a great world build with great solid and wonderful story just so good first of all I was intrigued by the cover but I couldn't imagine what I bargained for it was just marvelous BTW the narrator was amazing and was a great attribute for the book

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Engaging adventure, great worldbuilding

This was an action filled swords and sorcery style adventure. The main protagonist is well written and develops during the story. The main story in the book is well done, even if bits of it are formulaic. The overall world is well written, loosely based on a magical version of Ireland during the dark ages. The narration is clear and understandable. Overall I really enjoyed the book and will be picking up future books in this series.

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Very intense fantasy!

Exceptionally smoothly flowing storyline. Narration was Professionally accomplished. This story demands a sequel.
I recommend this audiobook for ages 17 and older due to violence and language used in stressful situations.
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swords and sorcery, a witch, and a headless rider!

sleepy hollow meets Chris Fox, werewolves, ghosts, and an axe wielding Scotsman what more could you ask for? A witch? yup got that too, I liked it A lot. I need to mention that I requested a copy of this book and have left this review freely.

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